BET Awards: Beyoncé, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch Among Winners

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Beyoncé, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch were among the winners during Sunday night's broadcast.

The 2020 BET Awards were handed out Sunday night, with Beyoncé, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch among the winners.

Comedian and Insecure actress Amanda Seales hosted the annual show, which organizers this year said "expanded its footprint to go beyond the confines of a traditional stage show in response to safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking a first for the network."

In addition, the show also made its national broadcast premiere on CBS, along with airing on ViacomCBS' networks including BET and BET Her. 

After a powerful remix by Public Enemy of 1989's "Fight the Power" — with updated lyrics and a slew of other artists — kicked off the show, Seales delivered a brief monologue that addressed racism.

"Now, folks always say, 'All Amanda ever does it talk about race,'" she said. "Well listen, I would love to talk about regular, everyday things, but racism always beats me to it. For instance, candy. Who don't like candy? But whenever I try to talk about Skittles, I remember Trayvon Martin. i would love to talk about ice cream. It's delicious treat. But each time I do, I am reminded of Botham Jean. Who doesn't appreciate some shut-eye? Man, I had a nap in 2015 that was so good it felt like Black Jesus tucked me in. I still talk about it to this day. But that's a wrap. Because now i can't even dream of speaking about sleeping knowing Breonna Taylor's killers have not been arrested. When I said, 'I don't got the time, I'm on my trampoline,' I meant it, 'cause give it a minute, and racism gonna take the bounce of that too."

The annual awards show celebrates creative expression and Black excellence across music, film, television, sports and philanthropy.

During the show, Beyoncé was honored with the Humanitarian Award, which she dedicated to the Black Lives Matter protestors.

"Your voices are being heard and you're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain," the singer said during her acceptance speech.

Heading into Sunday night, Drake led the nominations with six nods, followed by Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch with five each. Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Brown, Lizzo and DaBaby followed with four nominations apiece.

Winners in the 21 categories were selected by BET's Voting Academy, which is made up of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals.

A slew of performers and stars appeared, including Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher and Wayne Brady.

Many performances addressed the killings of Black men and women while in police custody, the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests over police violence. DaBaby and Roddy Ricch's performance of "Rockstar" opened with a close-up of DaBaby with his face against the pavement, rapping the new BLM intro to "Rockstar." As the camera slowly pulled back, it revealed a police officer with his knee on DaBaby's neck, a reference to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May after a police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds despite his repeated pleas.

Keys' performance of "Perfect Way to Die" featured her singing at a piano on an empty street. It ended with the camera pulling back to show a list of the names of the Black men and women who have been killed while in police custody written on the pavement.

Some performances also referenced the novel coronavirus pandemic, incorporating COVID-19 into lyrics or masks into the performance.

In addition, Lil Wayne paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, while Wayne Brady honored Little Richard. Both the NBA star and the singing legend died this year.

A list of winners follows. Refresh for the latest.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jhene Aiko
Kehlani
Lizzo (WINNER)
Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Chris Brown (WINNER)
Jacquees
Khalid
The Weeknd
Usher

Best Group
Chloe x Halle
City Girls
EarthGang
Griselda
JACKBOYS
Migos (WINNER)

Best Collaboration
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, "No Guidance" (WINNER)
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, "Higher"
Future ft. Drake, "Life Is Good"
H.E.R. ft. YG, "Slide"
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, "Hot Girl Summer"
Wale ft. Jeremih, "On Chill"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DaBaby (WINNER)
Drake
Future
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER)
Nicki Minaj
Saweetie

Video of the Year
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, "No Guidance"
DaBaby, "Bop"
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, "Higher" (WINNER)
Doja Cat, "Say So"
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, "Hot Girl Summer"
Roddy Ricch, "The Box"

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Director X
Eif Rivera
Teyana "Spike Tee" Taylor (WINNER)

Best New Artist
DaniLeigh
Lil Nas X
Pop Smoke
Roddy Ricch (WINNER)
Summer Walker
YBN Cordae

Album of the Year
Cuz I Love You, Lizzo
Fever, Megan Thee Stallion
Homecoming: The Live Album, Beyoncé
I Used to Know Her, H.E.R.
Kirk, DaBaby
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch (WINNER)

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational
Fred Hammond, "Alright"
John P. Kee ft. Zacardi Cortez, "I Made It Out"
Kanye West, "Follow God"
Kirk Franklin, "Just for Me" (WINNER)
PJ Morton ft. Le'Andria Johnson & Mary Mary, "All in His Pain"
The Clark Sisters, "Victory"

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Cynthia Erivo
Issa Rae (WINNER)
Regina King
Tracee Ellis Ross
Zendaya

Best Actor
Billy Porter
Eddie Murphy
Forest Whitaker
Jamie Foxx
Michael B. Jordan (WINNER)
Omari Hardwick

Young Stars Award
Alex Hibbert
Asante Blackk
Jahi Di'Allo Winston
Marsai Martin (WINNER)
Miles Brown
Storm Reid

Best Movie
Bad Boys for Life
Dolemite Is My Name
Harriet
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Just Mercy
Queen & Slim
(WINNER)

Sportswoman of the Year
Ajeé Wilson
Claressa Shields
Coco Gauff
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles (WINNER)

Sportsman of the Year
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kawhi Leonard
LeBron James (WINNER)
Odell Beckham Jr.
Patrick Mahomes II
Stephen Curry

BET HER Award
Alicia Keys, "Underdog"
Beyoncé ft. Blue Ivy, WizKid & Saint Jhn, "Brown Skin Girl" (WINNER)
Ciara ft. Lupita Nyong'o, Ester Dean, City Girls & La La, "Melanin"
Layton Greene, "I Choose"
Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, "Tempo"
Rapsody ft. PJ Morgan, "Afeni"

Viewers Choice Award
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, "No Guidance"
DaBaby, "Bop"
Future ft. Drake, "Life Is Good"
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj, "Hot Girl Summer" (WINNER)
Roddy Ricch, "The Box"
The Weeknd, "Heartless"

Best International Act
Burna Boy (Nigeria) (WINNER)
Innoss'B (DRC)
Sho Madjozi (S. Africa)
Dave (U.K.)
Stormzy (U.K.)
Ninho (France)
S.Pri Noir (France)

Viewers Choice: Best New International Act
Rema (Nigeria)
SHA SHA (Zimbabwe) (WINNER)
Celeste (U.K.)
Young T & Bugsey (U.K.)
Hatik (France)
Stacy (France)

Billboard staff contributed to this report.